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New Argentine Law Will Allow Hunting Of Wild Dogs

BUENOS AIRES — A pending amendment to Argentina’s Hunting Act will consider packs of wild dogs in rural areas as harmful, allowing them to be hunted or captured.

This has caused much discussion among animal rights groups, which claim that this amendment is would allow only authorized agencies to shoot or trap the animals, La Tercerareports.

Whether stray dogs would be considered “wild” is a slightly subjective matter, it seems. The newspaper quotes an Agricultural and Animal Service (SAG) official as saying, “In some cases, they are capable of attacking humans. Stray dogs, who have wandered from urban environments and exist thanks to caring people and do not cause harm or damage will not be subject to this law. Wild dogs are easily identifiable animals that have nothing to do with abandoned dogs in cities.”

SAG officials say that the agency monitors compliance with hunting regulations, thanks to the important contributions of inspectors and police. They say that damage from packs of wild dogs is well known in rural areas and has had a significant impact on the populations of other wild animals such as camels, birds, deer and pudú.

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Fading Flavor: Production Of Saffron Declines Sharply

Saffron is well-known for its flavor and its expense. But in Kashmir, one of the flew places it grows, cultivation has fallen dramatically thanks for climate change, industry, and farming methods.

Photo of women harvesting saffron in Kashmir

Harvesting of Saffron in Kashmir

Mubashir Naik

In northern India along the bustling Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Pampore — known as the saffron town of Kashmir —people are busy picking up saffron flowers to fill their wicker baskets.

During the autumn season, this is a common sight in the Valley as saffron harvesting is celebrated like a festival in Kashmir. The crop is harvested once a year from October 21 to mid-November.

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